Apparently, some of the recent sickness that has plagued Mullen’s roster is beginning to clear.
The Mustangs looked like, well, the Mustangs again on a warm, breezy Saturday in a 9-3 victory at Eaglecrest.
It pushed the Mustangs to 9-3 in the Centennial League, 15-5 overall. They remain tied with Cherokee Trail, which plated four runs in the top of the seventh inning on Saturday to win 4-3 at Cherry Creek, for the league lead entering the final week of the regular season.
Above anything else, Mullen is still in position to grab a home regional site. It needs to be within the top eight of Class 5A.
At the front of Saturday’s showing was senior Trevor Moore, the Stanford signee who went six innings, threw 91 pitches and was in command. He was touched for five hits and hit two batters, but walked none and struck out 13 on the way to permitting just two runs.
“His curveball was a real asset,” head coach Phil Stanford said. “He got in front of hitters early in the count, pitched very, very well and very smart.”
Furthermore, Stanford said, “he kept people off-balance (with his curveball) and it allowed him to use his fastball on two-strike counts.
Plus, Moore, who also had two hits and leads the team in batting average (.500, 22-for-44), nearly had an “immaculate” first inning – he was a foul ball away from a nine-pitch, three-strikeout performance.
Offensively, Mullen returned to form with a dozen safeties. Henry Stewart ripped a home run among his two hits and three runs batted in; Andrew Brady was 2-for-4 with his 13th double and 20th extra-base hit; and Dom Gamueda drove home two runs.
In addition, Colin MacKenzie scored twice and doubled, and Sage Hurley, Ben Krza and Thomas Stewart had doubles.
Mullen will host Arapahoe on Tuesday, May 10, 4:15 p.m.; will be at Arapahoe on Thursday, May 12, 4:15 p.m. to wrap up league play; and finish on the road, Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m., at Mountain Range in Westminster in nonleague.
MULLEN 9, EAGLECREST 3
Mullen 203 020 2 -- 9 12 1
Eaglecrest 000 002 1 -- 3 5 2
Mullen – Hurley 3-2-1-1, Riley-Combs 0-1-0-0, A. Brady 4-0-2-1, Krza 2-0-1-0, H. Stewart 4-1-2-3, MacKenzie 3-2-1-1, Moore 5-1-2-0, Marsh 3-1-1-0, T. Stewart 4-1-1-0, Gamueda 2-0-1-2. Totals 30-9-12-8.
E – Shellhorn. LOB – 10. SB – Riley-Combs, Moore, Gamueda. BB – Gamueda 2, Hurley, A. Brady, Krza, H. Stewart, MacKenzie, Marsh. 2B – Hurley, A. Brady, Krza, MacKenzie, T. Stewart. HR – Stewart.
Pitching – Moore (W) 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 13 K; Shellhorn 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. WP – Moore 2. Moore hit 2 batters. SF – MacKenzie. HBP – Krza.